The Latymer Link - page 13

n early April three short-listed stories, chosen by the English department from numerous accomplished
entries, were submitted to the prestigious Mayor’s award for writing competition. The competition was open
to all students in years three to eight across the Enfield borough and on the award evening the battle for top
prize in the older category was stiff. Some fantastic stories were read by a variety of special guests, ranging
from the Mayor of Enfield himself to eminent children’s novelist Anthony Lishak and many more.
We are pleased to announce that after an excellent evening listening to some superb stories, our very own
Obomate Briggs of 8 Ashworth, took first place in the year eight category and runner up in the overall section.
Adding to our success, Elisha Shivnani of 8 Ashworth took the prize for runner up in the year eight category.
Although there is usually a selection of three students, the judges only picked two students for awards in year
eight, both Latymerians.
Author Anthony Lishak gave the girls positive feedback, stating how much the judges enjoyed their pieces,
likening the girls’ macabre work to that of Webster and quoting T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘Whispers of Immortality’:
“Webster…saw the skull beneath the skin” before reading an extract for the audience, who were captivated
by the dark and evocative tale.
Furthering our success, year seven student Victoria Achola-Achur was the winner of the Lamb Festival Writing
Award and took second place in the year seven category of the Mayor’s Award for writing with her story ‘Ears’.
Also shortlisted for the Lamb Festival Award, was Sam Ross of 8 Lamb.
All stories have been published in an annual magazine that Enfield council distributes, a copy of which can
be found in the school library, and Victoria and Sam’s stories have also been published in the very first Lamb
Festival Magazine, which is also available to read in the school library.
The English department are extremely proud of all students’ achievements and we look forward to hearing
more of their inspirational work in the future.
Christine Bennett
Mayor’s Award for
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